Luton CAMHS / Bedford CAMHS
Assistant Child Psychotherapy – Band 5 (0.6) time limited post
(possibility of extension to another year pending on further HEE funding)
We are delighted to invite an application for a Assistant Child Psychotherapy post to be based in the South Beds – Luton CAMHS and in North Beds – Bedford CAMHS. Health Education England has confirmed funding for an aspiring Child Psychotherapist who is in the process of considering applying to train as a Child Psychotherapist within the ACP recognised training schools.
It is a requirement for this post that applicants are enrolled in or have completed a course of study leading to a PG Diploma/Masters (UK academic level 7) that includes the minimum components prescribed by the ACP for entry to the CAPT Doctorate training.
The purpose of this role is to develop the personal, professional and academic skills and experience of the post-holder so that they are able to apply to undertake the clinical training in child and adolescent psychotherapy.
The successful candidate will provide suitable clinical interventions under the supervision of an experienced Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist or senior clinician appropriate to their level of qualification, skill and experience to meet the needs of infants, children, young people and their families or carers as part of the multidisciplinary team.
Main duties of the job
The successful candidate will attend multi-disciplinary team meetings; will join members of the team in their clinical work such as supporting initial assessments; undertake observations in schools and other settings; assist in clinically related administration such as ROMS and collection of statistics. The applicant will be supported to develop skills in undertaking accurate assessment of risk to self and others.
The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the organisation and running of the service through the delivery of administrative task and to undertake audit or research activity to support service aims.
Our mission is to make a positive difference to people’s lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive – so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations
01 February 2023
Agenda for change
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum, part-time pro-rata
Please see JD (Job Description) and PS (Personal Specification) for full details of role requirements.
- Education to degree level or equivalent.
- Enrolled on a course of study leading to a PG Diploma/Masters (UK academic level 7) that includes the minimum components prescribed by the ACP for entry to the CAPT Doctorate training.
- Previous professional training in nursing, social work, education, occupational therapy, counselling or training within a specific psychological therapy
- Evidence of working with infants, children or young people or with families in a range of health, social care, education or other settings.
- Experience of working in mental health or related services or of working with infants, children or young people with emotional, social, behavioural or relational difficulties in other settings.
- Demonstrates an understanding of the causes and presentations of mental health and development difficulties in children and young people.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the issues and context surrounding therapeutic work and how this can impact on children and young people’s mental health.
- Demonstrate an understanding of evidence-based practice.
Skills and Competencies
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including telephone skills
- Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
- Excellent time management skills
- High Level of enthusiasm & motivation
- Ability to work within a team and foster good relationships
- Ability to use clinical supervision and positively & effectively
- Ability to work under pressure
- Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
- Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .